by Julieanne Kost
There are a lot of great new features in the Photoshop CC 2015 release. Here are my top 5 for photographers!
The new Dehaze control in Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw can help you to dramatically improve an image by removing haze. The Dehaze technology is based on a physical model of how light is transmitted, and it tries to estimate light that is lost due to absorption and scattering through the atmosphere. For the best results, you’ll want to set the white balance for the image before using Dehaze. Then, in the Effects panel, move the slider to the right – to easily remove the haze from the original scene. Move the slider to the left to add a creative haze effect.You can choose to make very subtle to very significant adjustments – if you’re pushing the slider to the extreme, you might want to refine the image using the Basic panel (increasing the shadow detail or refining the Vibrance slider) in order to achieve the exact look that you’re after.
When moving the slider, there is very little change in the highlight area (on the right side of the Histogram), while the shadows and lower portion of the histogram is clearly being changed. If you are concerned that the darker values in the image are being clipped to pure black, Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) -drag the slider to see the black point clipping visualization. When you see black areas appear in the image, you know that you’re starting to clip to pure black and can back off. In addition, Dehaze can be added locally by applying ACR as a Smart Filter in Photoshop.
2) Restore Noise in Blur Gallery
As many of you have already discovered, Photoshop has the ability to add a number of different types of blurs to an image. However in previous versions, it was always a challenge to add noise back into the blurred area in order to create a more realistic effect. Now, when selecting any of the blur gallery filters, you have the option to add Uniform, Gaussian or Grain noise back into the blurred areas in order to closely match the restored noise with the original image. For the most flexible and nondestructive workflow, convert the layer(s) into Smart Objects before using Blur Gallery.
The Noise panel includes the following adjustments:
• Noise – this checkbox turns the Noise on/off. (It’s not just a preview, if you turn it off, the noise will not be applied to the result.)
• Type – select between Uniform, Gaussian, and Grain (this is the same Grain that is found in Camera Raw).
• Amount – the amount of contrast added to the noise.
• Size – controls particle size for Grain. It is the same control as found in Camera Raw and is not available for Gaussian or Uniform.
• Roughness – controls the regularity of the grain. A negative value makes the grain more uniform, a positive value makes the noise more uneven. It is the same control as found in Camera Raw and is not available for Gaussian or Uniform.
• Color – controls how much color appears in the grain (from monochromatic to highly saturated).
• Highlight – suppresses the application of noise in the highlight areas (for better highlight/shadow matching).
in addition, the Spin and Path blurs now also have the ability to save their own masks. (The Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift blurs are still combined in a single mask.)
Note: If the Noise panel is not visible, choose Reset Blur Gallery from the workspace menu in the top right.)
3) Improvements to Content Aware
• The Healing Brush, Spot Healing, and Patch tool are now faster (healing in real time!) and deliver higher quality results.
• The Content-Aware Move tool can now rotate, scale and flip images – allowing you to transform the object being moved. The tool’s Extend option includes the same “transform before dropping” capability as well.
• File > Automate > Photomerge has a new check box that enables automatic filling of transparent edges using Content-Aware technology (the fill is placed upon its own layer so that you can quickly refine if necessary).
4) Multiple Layer Styles
You can now add multiple strokes, color and gradient overlays, and drop shadows as Layer Styles in Photoshop. Click the plus icon to add multiple copies of these effects (each one can be applied up to 10 times). Use the arrows to reorder within the group with in the Layer effects panel (or reposition in the Layers panel).
5) The Glyphs Panel
Photoshop has a Glyphs panel! Choose to see all of the glyphs for the entire font, or any of the subsets from the list. If the character shows a black dot in the lower right corner, clicking and holding will display variances. Double-click on a glyph to insert it. At the bottom of the Glyphs panel, use the slider to zoom the glyphs, or use the scale-down/scale-up icons to zoom the preview within the grid.
If you’re a designer, be sure to check out this video to find out more about additional new features in Photoshop including Artboards, CC Libraries, Layer Styles, and Adobe Stock. Or, if you more involved in screen design/Web/UI/UX, be sure to check out this video to find out more about Adobe Stock, CC Libraries, Layer Styles, Design Space (Preview), Live Device Preview, and Quick Export.